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    QED Style to exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show

    QED Style is pleased to announce that we will be attending the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. This will mark our first official presence at the nation's largest golf exhibition.

    The PGA Merchandise Show will be held January 21-23, 2015 in the Orlando Convention Center. With hundreds of companies in attendance, buyers, PGA Professionals, journalists and enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunity to check out all of the latest offerings from nearly every major golf brand.

    Fresh off our winning the Top Buyers Choice Award at the Las Vegas PGA Expo, we look forward to bringing QED Style to an even larger audience. To that end, we have expanded our booth to give us ample space for both private appointments and casual conversation.

    Beyond our new trade show booth, we will also be debuting our 2015 QED Style spring apparel line. Specifically, will be releasing new colors of our popular Logan, Holden, Uinta and Kamas Polos. Additionally, we will expand our shorts, trousers and sweater collection. Taken together, QED Style will soon boast our largest golf apparel collection to date.

    We are excited to be a part of this years event, and the opportunity to see our customers and meet our friends in the industry. We would encourage you to stop by our booth, #6289, or contact us directly if you would like to set up an appointment.

    Andy Pope Makes 1st PGA Cut

    QED Style made its debut on the PGA Tour this week when Andy Pope took advantage of his Monday Qualifying for the McGladrey Classic.

    Each week, several hundred golfers try to qualify for the upcoming PGA Event. For many players this means competing in the Friday Pre-Qualifier where approximately 20 of the 100 competitors will get through to the actual Monday Qualifier. Then on Monday, those players will be joined by players from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and others who have enough status to exempt out of the Friday qualifier. In other words, about 100 guys who are tour tested and tour winners.

    Then, for one round, players must try to find an 18 hole hot streak as only 4 of them will earn a start in the PGA Event. Typically, this means posting a -4 to -7 round on a course you may have never played. In Andy's case, he shot -4 which was T3 but because there can only be 4 to advance he would need to beat out three other competitors in a hole by hole playoff to gain the final spot.

    Having successfully navigated the torturous Monday Qualifying, Andy would next test his skills against some of the best golfers in the world. In the first round of the McGladrey Classic, Andy played a solid even par round through 17 holes but a double bogey on 18 would put him outside the cutline. Likely needing to shoot 3 or 4 under to make the weekend cut, Andy posted a 4 under 66 on Friday to secure his first PGA weekend play.

    Normally, making the cut would have been enough to guarantee Andy two more rounds, but due to the fact nearly 90 players were at or below the cutline, there would be one more hurdle to get over (stay in the top 70). Fortunately, Andy was able to shake off an opening double bogey to shoot even par and get the opportunity play the 4th round and finish in the money at the McGladrey Classic.

    Sunday's final round of the McGladrey Classic was held on a beautiful sunny day in Sea Island, Georgia, and while Andy was not in contention to win the tournament, he certainly had a lot of motivation to move up the leaderboard as the prize money for the PGA is significantly larger than it is on the Web.com tour. For example, a 60th place finish on the Web.com pays about $1,500 compared to about $12,000 on the PGA Tour. Moving up the leaderboard, a top 25 PGA finish is worth nearly $50,000 compared to just $10,000 on the Web.com. In other words, playing in a PGA event provides a significant prize money upside.

    Unfortunately, birdies were not falling on Sunday for Andy at the rate they had been in prior rounds and the even par round would only be good enough for a T63 finish. With that said, just getting into a PGA event is incredibly difficult, not to mention making the cut, so there is no doubt this will be a huge positive as Andy starts the new season and will rank as one of the highlight of Andy's young career.

    Speaking after the round Andy told us:

    "Playing in the PGA event was a great opportunity and boosted my confidence in moving forward with my career."

    Next up for Pope will be Second Stage Q-School Qualifying for the Web.com Tour. This will be Andy's third year on the tour and he will surely take his PGA experience to the course as he tries to finish inside the Top 25 money list, which is the magic number for gaining a PGA Card.

    We want to congratulate Andy and wish him the best of luck in Q-School, where he will be joined by fellow QED Style team members, Zahkai Brown, Clay Ogden and the guys from TourQuest (KC Lim, Paul Imondi, Mark Baker and Chris Gilman).

    QED Style is proud to outfit all of our players. QED Style: golf apparel for the demanding golfer and experienced gentleman. Shop Andy's favorite pieces, the Logan Polo and Payson Pants.

    5 Team Members set for 2nd Stage Q-School

    Big congrats to the five QED Style Team Members who advanced through First Stage Q-School qualifying! Unfortunately, for most of the nearly 1,000 competitors there were simply Too Many Fives, but for those who kept their nerves in check, more challenges await.

    The path to the Web.com Tour is a virtual minefield of obstacles. The process starts with Pre-qualifiying where 430 men play in one of six events. From those tournaments, 268 players (62%) made it into 1st Stage Qualifying. For those who get through Pre-Qualifying, life does not get easier as they will be faced with a whole new group of competitors who were exempt from Pre-qualifying. Included in the the 1st Stage field will be players with years of competitive experience who may have even played in a few PGA Tour events. It is then not surprising that only about 70 of the 430 Pre-Qualifier entrants will make it through to 2nd Stage.

    1st Stage Q-School is the starting point for golfers who have enough Tour Status to exempt them from Pre-Qualifying but not enough to exempt them into 2nd Stage. Spread over the course of the month of October, 1st Stage qualifying is held in 12 different locations. Like 1st stage, golfers will need to finish approximately top 30 to move on (exact cut lines are determined by the number of participants and strength of the field).

    We are proud of all of our team members who participated in these early stages and want to congratulate the five team members who will be competing in the 2nd Stage of Q-School. While winning 1st Stage does not come with any specific prize, high finishes do give the competitors preference in 2nd Stage locations. This means that both Zahkai Brown, T9 and Clay Ogden, T16 will likely get their top location choice.

    In addition to Clay and Zahkai, Team QED Style will be represented by TourQuest members Mark Baker, KC Lim, Chris Gilman and Paul Imondi. Team TourQuest has spent the past year traveling the country competing in PGA Monday Qualifiers as preparation for the Web.com Q-School. That preparation seems to be paying off as each guy showed a ton of grit during 1st stage Qualifying. Most notable is Paul Imondi, who needed every stoke of his final round 65 to get through his 1st Stage.

    Mark Baker wearing Silver Logan Polo

     

    Joining these 5 men will be Andy Pope, who was exempt from the 1st Stage due to his top 100 finish on the Web.com money list. Andy will be looking to repeat his great run through 2013 Web.com Qualifying. Last year, Andy finished T11 and played in all the Web.com events.

    2nd Stage Q-School begins November 11th, 2014. There will be 6 different locations that conclude on November 21st. For those who make the 2nd Stage cut, Final Stage and a Web.com Tour Card will await them.

    QED Style Wins Buyers Choice Award

    QED Style returned from the Las Vegas PGA Fashion Show with trophy in hand. QED Style received the 2014 Top Buyer's Choice Award, an honor determined by the most prestigious merchandise buyers in America. QED Style was the favorite among shops such as The Riviera Country Club, Desert Mountain Golf Club, Troon Golf Corporation and Pebble Beach.

    "We are honored that QED Style was recognized by people who are leaders in the industry and see the finest golf apparel on a daily basis" said QED Style Founder Mike McRae. "I think the award demonstrates that we are on the right track and that people are ready for QED Style."

    In addition to receiving this award, Mike McRae was a featured guest on the designer's panel hosted by Golf Threads Editor Greg Monteforte. Over the course of the hour, Mike and representatives from J. Lindeberg and Sligo discussed topics ranging from fashion trends to modern fits and fabrics.

    "We want to send our thanks to Greg Monteforte and the Association of Golf Merchandisers for having us take part in the Men's Fashion Panel at the Las Vegas PGA Expo. Men's golf fashion is clearly speeding up, and it's an exciting time to be a part of the industry"

    Mike McRae

    The PGA Fashion and Demo Experience brought together top apparel brands, allowing buyers an opportunity to see the latest in golf fashion. Over the course of the two days, QED Style spoke with buyers from across the U.S., Candada, Asia and Europe.  Many remarked on our clever detailing, elegant yet simple designs and our premium fabrics. Whether it was the snaps on the Logan Polo, one-of-a-kind design of the Uinta, or durability of the Park City shorts, buyers were clearly intrigued with what they saw.

    "I love how each Logan Polo has a snap that is specific to the shirt's color. This way you can carry multiple colors of the same shirt but still maintain a variety of selection," noted one buyer.

    Creating small but distinctive features in our polos has always been a priority for Mike. In the case of the Logan, we offer 7 different colors that each have their own personal and distinctive detailing. For example, the Midnight Logan Polo has a marble snap while the White Logan has wood snap.

    Beyond the polos and trousers, QED Style showcased the new line of handcrafted belt buckles and cuffs. In a time when brands are merely stamping their logo on a buckle, QED Style has maintained a premium on art and craftsmanship. All QED buckles are handcrafted and made-to-order. Soon customers will be able to select various colors of straps made of 100% genuine leather.

    For those looking to purchase QED Style apparel at their favorite course, you may be in luck soon. We are gaining accounts on a weekly basis and will be shipping product to some of the most prestigious courses in America this fall. If you believe QED Style would be a nice fit for your local course or club, feel free reach out to us. In the meantime, you may always order all apparel, buckles and accessories from our shopping page.  Remember, all online orders are guaranteed with free shipping and free returns!

    Forever Young Tournament Chooses QED

    While most people know Steve Young for his gridiron heroics, he has been equally impactful in his charitable work. In 1993, Steve Young founded the Forever Young Foundation as a vehicle to raise funds to help children who face physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Twenty years later, the Forever Young Foundation has grown to include many targeted charitable ventures both locally and abroad.

    Each year, the Forever Young Foundation holds four major fundraisers including the Steve Young Ski Classic, Dessert Classic, Mountain Classic and Bay Area Classic. QED Style is proud to announce that we will be the official apparel provider for the October 8th Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic.

    The Bay Area Classic will be held at the beautiful CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California. Tucked away in Northern CA wine country, CordeValle Resort is a breathtaking piece of landscape that offers world class golf, spa and dining. Opened in 1999, CordeValle was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has since hosted a number of professional golf tournaments.

    The Bay Area Classic is an all day affair that includes lunch, golf, dinner and of course the opportunity to meet two of the greatest football players of all time. Not to mention, for those looking for some last minute tips, Hall of Fame golfer, Johnny Miller will be holding a golf clinic prior to the main event.

    While teeing it up with Steve Young and Jerry Rice is sure to be high on everyones list, the money being raised is the real story. Funds from The Bay Area Classic will go to further the work done by the 8 to 80 Zones, The Tech Museum and The Forever Young Foundation.

    The 8 to 80 Zones is a collaboration between Steve Young and Jerry Rice that focuses on providing training in technology and media for underserved communities. By giving young students the chance to get hands-on learning in software, radio, TV, and graphic design, the 8 to 80 Zones' goal is to afford kids the chance to gain the skills needed to pursue their career dreams.

    Similar to the 8 to 80 Zones, the Tech Museum is aimed at giving underprivileged kids the opportunity to explore science and technology. By giving students the chance take field trips and attend education programs, the Tech Museum is helping to improve the educational experience for the underserved.

    The Forever Young Bay Area Classic will be held Wednesday October 8th 2014. Show your #UnquestionableStyle by signing up as a participant or sponsor on the Forever Young website.